Sunday, 15 January 2012

A teaching tool - interactive classroom display board

My endeavour in this exercise is to highlight the role of a soft board in making the teaching-learning process more exciting, interactive and interesting. I hope it provides the busy teacher with instant ideas for lively and interactive displays. The displays are designed to be assembled quickly and easily and used as a stimulus and context for learning. Some displays can be used again and again in many different ways. Just as children learn in different ways, they need to record their work and display their work in different ways, e.g jottings on scraps of paper in 'show me' activities, diagrams, assembled apparatus or little books made.

I hope my blog provides you with the inspiration to deliver and display exciting soft boards, leaving the children begging for more!

Role of a soft board
             enhance learning  (for visual learners)
             motivate  ( showcasing children’s work )
             inspire  (celebrate & consolidate children’s achievements &   understanding)
             reinforce instructional goals  (multiplication)
             communicate essential information
             add to the appeal of a classroom  (welcoming environment)
             provide opportunities for oral and mental work
             provide challenges
             introduce new concepts
             improving aesthetic sense
             research work

Types of soft boards

Firework factors

Children choose a number which they want to work into a 'Factor firework'. Provide children with multiplication squares to support their investigation.
Ask the children to answer the following questions about their factor firework.
  •  odd/even?
  • prime number?
  • a square number?
  • how many factors has it?

It's Magic

Create a Magic square display using work generated by the children. Add a large magic square with number cards lablled 1 to 9. Change the magic square numbers regularly.

Provide children with 1 to 9 digit cards. Ask the children to make 15 using any method. Record as a class the different methods found.

Fractions and Decimals
Discussion: Why do we need to use fractions?
Discuss 'fair shares'. Why do we need decimals as well as fractions. In which sports are fractions and dedimals important? Draw shapes and divide them into halves and quarters. How many different ways can you find to shade:  Half a square?

1 metre drawing

Children are given an approximate length of string each.  From this string they measure each an exact length of 1 metre to create a design of their own choice. More different length measures can be used to make other such designs/animal outlines.

A quick way to sharpen mental calculation skills.

Display with operations each day a set of cards for the children to climb the ladder and solve. Use 2nd side of the cards to save time.
The stars in the background highlight the work habits and skills needed to forge ahead. Keep a set of cards cut and ready to be used.

A quick way to sharpen mental calculation skills.

Create a bright sun cut-out and display a set of number cards around this sun with operations could be addition or subtraction or multiplication.

Soft board as a teaching tool
Collaborative    work
Collaborative soft board
   a few samples

More ideas for powerful soft boards
             word wall                                        sentence scramble  
             bag a story                             puzzles on parade
             poetry place                          you write & we’ll
             list board                                                  read it          
             add a fact
             daily news
             spontaneous writing
             story wall
             unfold a story
Building-up a display
             planning (clear goals & objectives)
             organizing material (supplies)
             assembling (quickly & easily)
             presenting different records of                 work (types of learners)

Powerful soft boards
Quality of a soft board
             reflection of clear ideas/vision
             innovative use of materials

A planning task for you

Work with a subject partner to develop a collaborative powerful soft board on a current theme/concept

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